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Ivy Bridge laptops

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May 11, 2012 9:03:46 PM

When will the Ivy Bridge laptops be available?

What are some good links for information on them?

Where's the cheapest place to purchase them?

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a c 572 D Laptop
May 12, 2012 12:56:36 AM

Available now. What's your budget?

IVB only has a heat issue when overclocked - something not an issue with notebooks.
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May 12, 2012 1:57:29 AM

Excellent, thanks!

I would say the budget is around $800. I did just find the HP Pavilion dv7 Quad Edition 3rd Gen Core i7 Ivy Bridge 17.3" 1080p w/ Blu-ray for $899.99

There's quite a few laptops to chose from at xoticpc, wow.

I thought that with the new Ivy Bridge CPU's that the battery life would be much better than 2 hours though. I'm a bit disappointed with 2 hour battery life.

I've never had a laptop before - I'm trying to help my mom who really does need one to replace her old desktop from 2004. I'd say mostly for traveling and just an all around laptop. So, a 15.6 HD screen is fine 17 max and even an i3 or i5 with Intel's HD4000 integrated graphics is fine - do laptops even come with the HD4000 GPU? I just want to get her into something that's new so she'll be future proof from awhile - something good enough that she'll want to keep for a long time.
a c 572 D Laptop
May 12, 2012 2:08:28 AM

All the notebook IVBs will have HD 4000 graphics.

Where did you see 2hr battery life? 6hr should be about average for a non-gaming model.
HP Pavilion dv6 Quad Edition specs: 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 6.0 hours of battery life +++

For a general home office/home entertainment notebook one of the dual core IVB or quad core Trinity APUs should be about right.

May 12, 2012 11:42:42 AM

WR2, at the xoticpc website most of them say 2 hour battery life, which I thought was a bit odd.

Is there a difference between a Notebook and a Laptop?
a c 407 D Laptop
May 12, 2012 12:03:07 PM

josejones said:

Is there a difference between a Notebook and a Laptop?

Same difference.

Similar to the game of soccer. It is only called soccer in the US, in the rest of the world it is called football.
a c 572 D Laptop
May 12, 2012 5:18:43 PM

josejones said:
WR2, at the xoticpc website most of them say 2 hour battery life, which I thought was a bit odd.
Not for a custom, dedicated gaming notebook.
There you are looking mostly at custom gaming notebooks.

If you look at some of the other models they offer you'll see longer battery life:
Those models there are still using Sandy Bridge CPUs. Next month, when the dual core IVBs start arriving you'll see some of those models offering them.

May 13, 2012 12:24:25 AM

Okay, I just realized the Ivy Bridge laptops won't be coming out 'til June. I'll try to get my mum to wait until then if I can. She almost bought a cheap one the other day.
a c 572 D Laptop
May 13, 2012 1:30:11 PM

Envy Spectre XT available around June 8th for about $1000.
May 13, 2012 2:41:57 PM

The budget is around $800 up to $1,000 (US).

It's for mum so, she may not spend $1,000 but, I wanted to get her into something worth having. She's not a gamer of course but, features that are future proof as much as possible would be sweet like USB 3, sata 3, PCIe 3 and I'd like for her to have at least a 720 screen but a 1080 would be great. I was also really hoping for long battery life for traveling. This laptop will become her only computer since the old desktop is about to die. She needs an all-around decent laptop that won't soon be outdated.

She went to Best Buy and the guy mentioned these to her, what do ya think?:

Lenovo model 1068b9u

HP model g61d62nr
a c 572 D Laptop
May 13, 2012 4:21:48 PM

I like the Lenovo quite a bit bette than the HP G6
Lenovo G570 Review

I couldn't find a Llano equipped HP G6 review. Here are a couple reviews - you can use them to look over the chassis and common features.

In the same general price & size range this would be my recommendation if you were buying today:
HP ProBook 4530s $465
The business class notebook should be a bit more rugged/durable.
And the matte/anti-glare screen is a nice bonus for outdoor (in the shade) or coffee shop / cafe web browsing.

June 4, 2012 6:05:11 PM

Weren't there suppose to be some new laptops/notebooks coming out this week with the new Ivy Bridge CPU's?
a c 407 D Laptop
June 4, 2012 6:10:19 PM

Dunno... I think they are generally coming out by mid-June.

Personally, I'm waiting for Haswell CPU laptops to come out, but that's probably not for at least another 12 - 15 months.
August 16, 2012 3:26:44 PM

Which is best an Ivy Bridge laptop or a new ipad? I've never had either before but, I have to help my mum by picking something out for.
a c 407 D Laptop
August 16, 2012 4:37:43 PM

Depends on the intended usage. Personally I find an iPad (or any tablet) to be more of a toy than in comparison to a laptop. That is mostly due to the fact that with a laptop running Windows I can run the same types of programs as on my desktop. Additionally, should I want to play games the games I purchase for my desktop can technically be played on the laptop as well. However, playing games on a laptop means lowering game settings to get decent / good performance since graphic cards for laptops are weak in comparison to their desktop counterparts.

iPad / tablets are good for consumption rather than productivity. Consumption includes watching video, surfing the net, typing the occasional e-mail, play some simple games (compared to more complex types of games on a PC; generally speaking), listening to music. I'm sure there are plenty of other things it can do...

While it is possible to be productive using a tablet, it is also very limited in my opinion. For example, using a tablet to type a quick e-mail is one thing. Using it to write a term paper is quite another; yes it can be done if you have no other choice, but a laptop is more ideal. You can use it to track appointments. I'm sure there are some other productive things you can do with an iPad/tablet, but since I don't own one, I suppose I will never find out.

Make your choice based on what your mom wants to do with a "portable device".
August 17, 2012 2:50:24 PM

^ Very well said, jaguarskx. That's exactly what I needed to hear since I've never had a laptop or any ipad/ipod/iphone devices whatsoever.

I suppose it could depend upon how easy the ipad operating system is to learn & get used to i.e. how user friendly it is. She's used to Windows XP so, Win 7 would be fine. I guess she needs to get down to Best Buy to get her hands on an ipad for herself to play around with it to see what she thinks.

She's retired & just wants something easy to tote around for traveling and either would work for that. Battery life would be a factor. Since the laptop is far more powerful it sounds like a new laptop (such as an Ivy Bridge) would last longer before she'd need to upgrade or get a new one??? She doesn't really do much that's really intensive though so an ipad could work & so would a laptop by AMD with the APU. She'll probably get something around Xmas time.
a c 407 D Laptop
August 17, 2012 3:50:33 PM

Laptops typically lasts 4 - 5 hours with light usage. The generally means just typing. Maybe some occasional web surfing can be done as well. Watching movies can cut that down by 1 or 2 hours depending on the source of the movie. If watching a DVD or Blu-Ray movie then the optical drive needs to be spining all the time so there will be high battery drain. Watching a streaming movie from Netflix or Hulu means the wireless modem will be constantly active. I assume battery drain will be somewhat high. Watching a movie that's on the hard drive probably drains the least amount of battery life, but will still likely cut down the battery life by 1 hour.

Ultrabooks can have battery life of up to 8 hours or more. They are fairly light, but not as light as an iPad. The lightest Ultrabook probably weighs in at 2.9lbs. They have no DVD or Blu-Ray drive and uses solid state drives rather than hard drives. They can be quite expensive.

I think an iPad/tablet will be more ideal for your mom than a laptop. At around 1lbs. +/- some ounces based on whatever you decide to get her, it should be easy to fit into a medium size handbag. As long as she is not going to be working on spreadsheets and typing long documents, then a tablet of some sort should be fine.